Friday follies

"Sounds awfully like an auctioneer,"  tweets The New Yorker's Philip Gourevitch in response to a Vine of Donald Trump calling out at a California rally "Look at my African-American over here!"  (currently at 600+ shares). "Wearing a camouflage hat in California is amazingly not his worst decision today," marvels RedState contributor Joe Cunningham. "I think we should start using the phrase 'Look at my African American!' as a term of endearment," suggests GQ's Mark Green. "No, this is fine. Republicans won't agree on EVERYTHING! Sure he's rough around the edges b..." trails off Huffington Post's Matt Fuller. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed's Hayes Brown had only one thing to tweet: "Bye."

At the same time, legal experts are fretting to the New York Times that Trump "is how authoritarianism starts." "Right-leaning scholars say Trump's worldview shows contempt for 1st Amendment, separation of powers and rule of law," elaborates Rick Rojas. "No question Trump poses grave threat to US democracy. Question is do GOPers rushing to back him also pose a threat?" posits Middle East correspondent Borzou Daragahi at BuzzFeed. Simultaneously, that judge who's been under fire from Trump apparently was targeted by Mexican drug cartel. "A Mexican drug gang once plotted to murder the Indiana-born judge whom Trump attacked as 'Mexican,'" points out NYT's Steven Greenhouse. "Curiel took on Mexican drug gangs to the point he was under threat of assassination. That's an American right there," decides Politico's Ben White. And lastly, Vox is dealing with a very different Trump riot-related issue -- one started by one of their own. From Ezra Klein: "Vox doesn't condone Emmett's tweets encouraging anti-Trump riots, and he's been suspended. My statement." 

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