Mar 28, 2019

Cory Booker: Trump is complicit in white supremacist violence rise

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President Trump is “complicit” in the increase of white supremacist violence, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) told a CNN town hall in Orangeburg, South Carolina Wednesday.

What he's saying: "For him to fail even to condemn Nazis or even to talk about white supremacy as a problem in this country, to me," he said of Trump. "That is being complicit in the violence that is happening, and I find that unacceptable and repugnant."

The big picture: Booker said at the event moderated by CNN's Don Lemon Trump cut funding from the Justice Department to investigate domestic terrorist groups, "these white supremacist groups," and that was making us less safe.

Other key issues the 2020 hopeful vowed to tackle included:

  • Considering mass pardons for marijuana offenses.
  • Taking on the NRA.
  • Focusing on reducing prescription drug prices in his first year as president.
  • Not taking donations for his campaign from federal lobbyists, pharmaceutical industry executives or corporate political action committees.
  • Waiting for more on the Mueller report before commenting on whether or not Trump should be impeached.

On reparations: Booker said the conversation should be more than "just a box to check." "So do I support legislation that is race conscious about balancing the economic scales? Not only do I support it, but I have legislation that actually does it," he said, referring to his bill to create baby bonds.

Go deeper: Cory Booker: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

Situational awareness

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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