Oct 18, 2019

Trump's new impeachment mantra: "Get over it"

Dave Lawler, author of World

Trump rallies in Dallas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

President Trump's 2020 campaign says it's releasing a line of merchandise featuring a new slogan: "Get over it."

Context: The line comes from Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who declared in a press conference yesterday that Michael McKinley, a longtime diplomat who resigned over political interference in foreign policy, should "get over it."

“What you're seeing now, I believe, is a group of mostly career bureaucrats who are saying, you know, 'I don't like President Trump's politics so I'm going to participate in this witch hunt that they're undertaking on the Hill.'"
— Mick Mulvaney

That press conference made a big splash for another reason: Mulvaney said Trump had engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine — withholding military aid pending an investigation into a debunked theory about 2016 election interference.

  • Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, said in a statement that the new slogan was pointed at Democrats "obsessed with theatrical witch hunts against their political rivals."
  • But Mulvaney's quote also reveals the suspicion of career public servants like McKinley, several of whom have recently accused Trump of pursuing his own interests, rather than the country's.

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Preliminary results from an independent autopsy commissioned by George Floyd's family found that his death in the custody of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to a statement from the family's attorney.

The latest: An updated official autopsy released by the Hennepin County medical examiner also determined that the manner of Floyd's death was "homicide," ruling it was caused by "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdued, restraint, and neck compression."

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The differences between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump are plain as day as the two respond to recent protests.

Why it matters: Americans are seeing firsthand how each presidential nominee responds to a national crisis happening during a global pandemic.

Louisville police chief fired after body cameras found inactive in shooting of black man

Louisville police officers during protests. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer fired the city's chief of police Steve Conrad after it was discovered that police officers had not activated their body cameras during the shooting of David McAtee, a local black business owner who was killed during protests early Monday morning.

Why it matters: Mandatory body camera policies have proven to be important in efforts to hold police officers accountable for excessive force against civilians and other misconduct. Those policies are under even greater scrutiny as the nation has erupted in protest over the killing of black people at the hands of police.