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White Nationalists Feel at Home Visiting the White House

Identity Evropa leader, whose group believes in returning people of color back to native homelands, posts tour photos. Meanwhile, Trump calls Black reporter's white nationalism question "racist."

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Patrick Casey, leader of alt-right white nationalist group, Identity Evropa, and Charlottesville marcher, posted a visit to the White House on social media this week:

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Angela Rye Questions What it Would be Like Working in Trump's White House

"Should I go work for the KKK and try to help them not be so racist? Probably not," Rye stated.

The absence of diversity in the President Trump's administration has been a subject of ongoing debate.

In an interview on Thursday with "The Breakfast Club," a radio show based in New York City, Angela Rye, an attorney, political commentator and a leader of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, implied that the predominantly white, White House is intentional.

"This is the least diverse White House in decades," Rye said. "They are definitely trying to bring it back to the real white house."

According to an analysis from The New York Times, Trump's cabinet contains more white men than that of the last six presidents. Trump's 24-member advisory body has four women and four minorities.

The radio show hosts asked Rye if Black people should aspire to work in the White House to try and bring about change.

Rye responded: "Should I go work for the KKK and try to help them not be so racist? Probably not."

Trump's racism has been well documented, from calling immigrants "animals," "criminals," and "rapists," to his "sh**hole countries" comment about African countries, to saying Maxine Waters has a "low IQ," and calling Black athletes "sons of bitches."

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said she "can't guarantee" that Trump has never used a racial epithet, yet also said the White House values diversity, and is trying to increase it.

After being pressed by reporters to give numbers of Black staffers in the West Wing, Sanders said, "I'm not going to do a count — the same way I'm not going to do a sit-down and count up the [number of Black] staffers that are in your news organizations."

In April, the White House drew backlash for its lack of diversity after releasing a photo of spring interns who appeared to be all white.

Obama's White House had seven women and 10 minorities in his first 22-member Cabinet, including Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor who sat in the West Wing, in many meetings including the situation room.

That's 32% female and 45% minorities for Obama, and 17% female and minorities for Trump.

Of Trump's White House: "There's not a single Black person shaping policy, sitting in the White House," said Rye. "Steven Miller, a bigot, is shaping immigration policy."

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Admits to False Statement on Obama and Black Employment

Trump's administration, again, attempts to downplay the accomplishments of the first Black president.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted Tuesday evening on Twitter that she gave false information when attempting to tout President Trump's record on job creation for Black Americans.

Sanders told reporters, Tuesday, during a White House press briefing:

"This president, since he took office, created 700,000 new jobs for African-Americans. After eight years of President Obama in office, he only created 195,000 jobs for African-Americans. President Trump, in his first year and a half, has already tripled what President Obama did in eight years."

She greatly undercounted the number of jobs created under Obama.

According to the official count from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since the Great Recession, most of the employment gains for Black people took place during the Obama administration.

From January 2009 to January 2017, Obama increased employment for Black Americans by about 3 million jobs.

"Sanders' error dramatically alters the comparison between the two presidents," according to PolitiFact.

"Rather than Trump tripling Obama's increase in African-American employment, it is actually Obama who in eight years quadrupled the increase Trump oversaw in a year and a half. And Obama had to deal with the fall-out from the Great Recession during that period."

After the backlash from Sanders' statement, the White House's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) said in a tweet: "Apologies for @WhiteHouseCEA's earlier miscommunication to @PressSec."

Sanders then re-tweeted the CEA, adding her own message:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Immigrants Don’t Deserve Due Process

Promoting ignorant folk "wisdom" leavened with lies over legal precedents and the Constitution.

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According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, immigrants can receive justice without a judge present.

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Coming off the heels of political chaos at the border, Americans are still feeling emotionally affected by Trump's family separation immigration policy.

According to the Washington Post, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, called the Red Hen, while out to dinner with friends.

"The cheese course was already on the table" when the owner pulled her to the side and asked that she leave because of her political party's policies.

The Post reported that the owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, politely refused to serve Sanders because "Sanders works for and defends an inhumane and unethical administration."

"I'm not a huge fan of confrontation," Wilkinson said. "I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals."

However, the decision to ask Sanders to leave seems to boil down to basic human ethics rather than because of her being simply a conservative.

Just last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielsen was heckled by a crowd of protesters while eating at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C.

According to CNN, Nielsen was sitting quietly in back of the MXDC Cocina Mexicana restaurant, not too far from the White House, when she began getting booed and sarcastically questioned:

"Aren't you a mother too?"

"How do you sleep at night?"

"Do you hear the babies crying?"

"If the kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace."

Those are many examples of statements that seem to have less to do with being a Republican, and more to do with being undoubtedly immoral.

Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney and political op-ed contributor for CNN, expressed similar observations regarding recent oppositions.

"Let's make it clear, this is not about asking someone to leave or heckling them simply because they are Republicans or conservatives," he wrote.

"That would be wrong. This is about targeting people who are very publicly involved in formulating and defending Trump's immoral policies."

Obeidallah pointed out that people didn't yell, "Get out of here because you're a Republican" but instead made chants that were specific to Trump's family separation immigration policy literally, "speaking truth to power."

Additionally, Trump is just a percentage point away from former President Richard Nixon when it comes to the total of Americans who want him impeached, according to Newsweek.

And though Sanders was offended by Wilkinson requesting that she leave by – ironically – writing, "I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so. Her actions say far more about her than about me," Wilkinson has no regrets.

"I would have done the same thing again," Wilkinson said. "We just felt there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions. This appeared to be one."

Trump Rallies Base With Coordinated Communications Plan

From dining at Mexican restaurants to wearing clothing with messages, the Trump administration is leveraging hateful communications for political success.

By Sheryl Estrada and Luke Visconti

Despite the backlash against the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy regarding immigrants, President Trump boosted his approval ratings among Republicans to 90 percent, higher than Ronald Reagan at this point in his presidency.

The rise in Trump support "suggests a level of unity among Republicans that could help mitigate Mr. Trump's low overall approval ratings and aid his party's chances of keeping control of the House of Representatives in November," The New York Times reported on Saturday.

The number of people identifying as Republican since 2016 has dropped and the Democrats have an 8 percentage point advantage, up slightly from when they won the popular vote by 3 million. Trump's approval rating amongst non-Republicans is at 15 percent, lower than any other president in recent history, including George W. Bush.

The key for the November congressional elections is going to be voter turn out – and it appears that the Republicans have a decisive advantage after last week's apparently coordinated hate communications campaign.

Immigrants Will 'Infest' America

After backlash from politicians and the general public, Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday saying immigrant families will no longer be separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The separation was a result of the "zero tolerance" policy.

On Tuesday, he said immigrants would infest America:

I Really Don't Care, Do You?

On Thursday, First Lady Melania Trump made an unexpected trip to Texas to visit a shelter for immigrant children. She wore a short trench coat with a message written on the back: "I Really Don't Care, Do U?"

Melania Trump wore the jacket boarding the plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and when she returned.

Social media users posted about the irony of what the first lady chose to wear to visit kids separated from their families.

East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham said there was "no hidden message" behind the jacket.

Meanwhile, President Trump tweeted that the statement was against the "fake news media":

Dining at Mexican Restaurants

In the middle of a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, Stephen Miller — the senior White House adviser who orchestrated the "zero-tolerance" policy — had dinner on June 17 at Espita Mezcaleria in Washington, D.C.

"Hey look guys, whoever thought we'd be in a restaurant with a real-life fascist begging [for] money for new cages?" a customer at the restaurant said to Miller, according to The New York Post.

Miller didn't respond and left quickly, a witness said.

Homeland Security Trump Minister Kirstjen Nielsen then went to another Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for dinner.

A group called the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America approached Nielsen in MXDC Cocina Mexicana.

"If kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace!" protesters chanted. They also shouted, "Shame!"

"Have you listened to it? Have you heard the babies crying? Do you hear them crying?" activists asked, regarding a tape leaked earlier in the week of young children taken at the border crying.

"No borders, no walls, sanctuary for all," they said.

Dining at Red Hen

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took an almost 200-mile drive from the White House to rural Virginia on Friday night to eat at a tiny, 26-seat restaurant in Lexington, where residents overwhelmingly voted against Trump in the 2016 presidential election, despite the rest of the county voting for him.

Huckabee was at the Red Hen with "her husband, three or four men and women of roughly similar ages, and an older couple," according to The Washington Post.

The chef contacted the co-owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, to let her know Huckabee was present and that the staff was concerned.

When Wilkinson arrived, she asked her employees if they'd like Huckabee to leave and they agreed.

Many of her gay employees were upset by Sanders' defense for the administration's ban on transgender service members and her praise of a Supreme Court ruling that sided with an anti-gay baker.

And earlier in the week, she defended the administration separating migrants from their children at the southern border.

Wilkinson asked Sanders to leave the establishment.

On Saturday morning, Sanders used her official press secretary account to tweet about being asked to leave because she works in the Trump administration:

Trump Caves, Signs Executive Order to Stop His Border Policy, No Details

Tries to blame Obama, Democrats, Congress as he caves in to human decency.

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UPDATED June 20, 2018 at 3:36 p.m.

Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

The New York Times reports that the new executive order seeks to modify that existing consent decree in order to keep parents and children together in detention. However, Amnesty International says that those detentions could now be indefinite.

"Make no mistake—this executive order is a betrayal of families fleeing violence and persecution," Denise Bell, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Amnesty International USA said in a statement.

"Mothers, fathers, and children must not be held behind bars for prolonged periods for seeking safety. Not only does imprisoning children go against our country's shared values of dignity and equality, but it is also unlawful and threatens to permanently stain the U.S. human rights record."

ORIGINAL STORY

During an early afternoon meeting on Wednesday with members of Congress at the White House, President Donald Trump reportedly was going to announce an end to a major crisis in which migrant families are being separated after they are detained crossing the U.S. border.

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Shootings of Black Men Are Not a White House Matter, Spokeswoman Says

Police shootings should be left to "local authorities," Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, even though this has perpetuated a cycle of corruption and violence.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a press briefing chalked up fatal police shootings of Black men to a “local matter" and said the president does not have to comment on them.

Reporter April Ryan asked Sanders about the Alton Sterling and Stephon Clark shootings. Sanders called it “a terrible incident" but “a local matter."

Sanders reiterated President Donald Trump's support for law enforcement and added “in these specific instances, those would be left up to local authorities and not something for the federal government to weigh into."

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April Ryan Snubbed By White House for Christmas Party

It's the first time in 20 years that the veteran Black journalist has not received an invitation.

The Trump administration handpicked invitees to the White House Christmas party for news media on Friday at 2 p.m. Several journalists didn't receive an invitation, including April Ryan — for the first time in 20 years of covering the White House.

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Dear Trump: Police Brutality Is Not a Joke

"We all know Donald Trump could not care less about police brutality," said The Daily Show's Trevor Noah.

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President Donald Trump's assertion that police officers use more force when making arrests was meant to be a laughing matter, according to the White House.

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