August 11 - Trump Stokes Hillary Hatred Among His 2nd Amendment People; A Further Look at Putin's War Plans in Crimea; The DOJ's Damning Report on the Baltimore Police

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Part 1

We  begin with an analysis of what goes on at Donald Trump’s rallies where his supporters often shout out “kill her” or “kill the bitch” after Trump disparages his opponent who he calls “crooked Hillary”. Mark Potok, the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and the editor of their journal Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog, joins us to discuss how Trump’s campaign rhetoric both signals dangerous ideas to his more extreme followers and could inspires them to act on his call to arms to stop Hillary Clinton from taking away their guns, an absurd and frequent claim Trump’s 2nd Amendment people believe. We will examine the belief system of Trump’s more ardent and heavily armed followers who see themselves as the real American patriots who in Thomas Jefferson’s words, “must refresh the tree or liberty from time to time” with their blood and the blood of tyrants, who Jefferson clearly meant to be the King of England, not today’s government of the United States.


Part 2

Then we will look further into the possibility that Vladimir Putin is planning to restart his war with Ukraine using an absurd pretext of a hapless overweight Ukrainian with soda bottles in a backpack that are supposed to be bombs, who allegedly killed a Russian Intelligence officer and a soldier although no bodies have been produced. Nevertheless there is a massive military build-up underway on the de-facto border between Crimea and Ukraine and in the Donbass and Andrew Kutchins, A Senior Fellow at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University joins us to discuss similarities to Putin’s 2008 war with Georgia that broke out in August during a presidential election while everyone was watching the Beijing Olympics.

Part 3

Then finally we discuss the just-released damning report by the Department of Justice on the Baltimore Police Department and speak with Kenneth Burns, a reporter with WYPR covering Baltimore City and Baltimore County. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and we will examine the report which details systemic harassment of Baltimore’s black citizens, one of whom, an African/American man in his 50’s, was stopped 30 times in five years without an arrest.