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These cabinet-level appointees saw Donald Trump up close. And they decided they couldn’t stand by him.These appointees didn’t start out opposed to Mr. Trump. Not only are they people whom Mr. Trump chose...they are people who thought Mr. Trump was worth working for. But many of them quickly became alarmed by Mr. Trump’s personality, temperament and policy aims.

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Donald J. Trump first established his connection with the largely white Republican base more than a decade ago by stoking discomfort with the election of Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black president — the beginning of the so-called birther movement.

In the years since, he has continued to pile up accusations of racism on the campaign trail.

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(Excerpt) Trump keeps doing appalling things: In just the past couple of days, he nearly got thrown out of the second defamation trial brought against him by a woman who, according to a jury, he sexually abused, and then claimed on social media that presidents should enjoy absolute immunity from criminal prosecution even when they “cross the line.” But his misdeeds have lost the capacity to shock, and they no longer drive conversations. That might change if he is once again president, but like a virus, he won’t generate as strong a reaction when he’s no longer novel.

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Newsweek 1/2/2024

“The elections technology expert who former President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign hired to find voter fraud debunked Trump's claims again in a scathing op-ed in USA Today. Ken Block, founder of the analytics company that Trump contracted in the wake of the last presidential election, said on January 2 that the extensive research his company did found no evidence that election fraud contributed to President Joe Biden's win.: He blasted Trump's "steady diet of lies and innuendo."

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Tim Alberta "grew up steeped in Christianity’s right-wing subculture," defending evangelicals like his father against their critics. Now, he has written a book The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory that lays bare the corruption of Christ's message that lies at the heart of Christian nationalism.

See The Atlantic: The Only Thing More Dangerous than Authoritarianism.