Jul 21, 2019

ESPN reminds employees of no-politics policy after host denounces Trump

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ESPN reminded its employees in an internal memo to refrain from expressing political opinions on air after radio host Dan Le Batard denounced President Trump's racist tweets and chants of "send her back" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar at a recent rally, AP reports.

The big picture: Le Batard's comments challenged the network's no-politics policy, which was brought into the media spotlight 2 years ago when former anchor Jemele Hill tweeted that Trump was a "white supremacist" and a "bigot," prompting the White House to demand she be fired. Hill apologized and was suspended. She now works at The Atlantic covering the intersection of sports, race and culture. ESPN has yet to publicly announce any repercussions for Le Batard's comments.

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Trump allies welcome "white supremacist" charge from 2020 Democrats

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Trump campaign officials and sources close to the president tell Axios that they believe Democrats' extraordinary charge that the president is a "white supremacist" will actually help him win in 2020.

Why it matters: These Trump allies tell us that the claim by Democratic opponents is not only emboldening his base, but also alienating some mainstream Republicans who think Democrats have gone too far.

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2020 Democrats: Trump is a white supremacist

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A group of 2020 Democrats have called President Trump a "white supremacist," an extraordinary charge at an extraordinary moment in American politics.

Why it matters ... This is a big shift from calling the president a white nationalist. Check out Merriam-Webster's definition of white supremacist: "a person who believes that the white race is inherently superior to other races and that white people should have control over people of other races."

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Siemens CEO: Trump is becoming "the face of racism and exclusion"

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Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser issued a rare blow to President Trump from the business community on Saturday, tweeting in German that he "finds it depressing that the most important political office in the world is turning into the face of racism and exclusion."

Why it matters: The president often touts his strong relationship with the business world, and hasn't been afraid to hit back at companies like Nike and Amazon who endorse anti-Trump views or otherwise get under his skin.. Kaeser, who heads one of the largest manufacturing companies in Europe, joins a number of international leaders — including German Chancellor Angela Merkel — in condemning Trump's recent racist outbursts.

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