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Trump news: Impeachment support swells as president forced into rare apology after hurling abuse at overweight supporter

Trump news: Impeachment support swells as president forced into rare apology after hurling abuse at overweight supporterDonald Trump has apologised to a supporter he fat-shamed at his latest 2020 campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday night, after mistaking the MAGA fan for a protester and telling him to “go home and start exercising”.​On a typically wild evening, the president inspired new chants of “Lock her up!” and “Send her back!”, directed at Hillary Clinton and Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar respectively, took credit for an Obama-era law, pledged to cure AIDS and praised state representative Al Baldasaro, who once called for Mrs Clinton to be shot.Mr Trump has meanwhile expressed an interest in buying Greenland, the world’s largest island, according to The Wall Street Journal, prompting Denmark to tell him: “We are open for business, but we’re NOT for sale.”The president's desire to buy Greenland has sparked considerable ridicule for Mr Trump, and one presidential candidate — Montana governor Steve Bullock — even went so far as to buy the website "IsGreenlandForSale.com", and is using it to fundraise his long-shot campaign.Mr Trump was slated to hold a meeting with his top foreign policy officials on Friday, where they were to discuss a potential peace agreement with the Taliban.That deal, if it is managed, could allow the US to officially end its presence in Afghanistan after nearly 18 years of conflict.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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Apology over NZealand mosque accused's 'hateful' letter

Apology over NZealand mosque accused's 'hateful' letterOfficials in New Zealand apologised Thursday after the alleged Christchurch mosque gunman was allowed to send a letter from prison espousing “hateful” views that a supporter then shared online. Australian Brenton Tarrant is in a maximum-security jail in Auckland awaiting trial for the murder of 51 Muslim worshippers on March 15 in the worst mass shooting in modern New Zealand history. Handwritten in childish block letters, the six-page note discusses a trip Tarrant made to Russia in 2015, his admiration for British fascist Oswald Mosley and his belief “there is a great conflict on the horizon”.



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Gabbard Says Harris Owes an Apology to Those Who ‘Suffered Under Your Reign’ as Prosecutor

Gabbard Says Harris Owes an Apology to Those Who ‘Suffered Under Your Reign’ as ProsecutorRepresentative Tulsi Gabbard ripped into presidential rival senator Kamala Harris's prosecutorial record during the Democratic primary debate Wednesday evening, accusing the former California attorney general of propagating a hypocritical standard of justice.Gabbard said she is "deeply concerned" about Harris's record on criminal justice from her time as district attorney in San Francisco and later attorney general of California.Harris “put over 1500 people in jail for marijuana violations and laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked,” Gabbard said as the California senator shook her head.Gabbard added that Harris also "blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so."The Hawaii senator also said Harris “kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California" and "fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.”"When you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people's lives, you did not and worse yet in the case of those who are on death row, innocent people, you actually blocked evidence from being revealed that would have freed them until you were forced to do so," Gabbard said."There's no excuse for that and the people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor, you owe them an apology," she told Harris.Harris defended her record as a prosecutor, saying she “did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people, which became a national model for the work that needs to be done.”"I think you can judge people by when they are under fire and it's not about some fancy opinion on a stage but when they're in the position to actually make a decision what do they do," Harris responded. "When I was in the position of having to decide whether or not to seek a death penalty on cases I prosecuted, I made a very difficult decision that was not popular to not seek the death penalty. History shows that and I am proud of those decisions.”Wednesday was not the first time the Hawaii senator has targeted Harris. Earlier this month, Gabbard said Harris is "is not qualified to serve as commander in chief."“I can say this from personal experience as a soldier,” Gabbard said. “She has no background or experience in foreign policy and she lacks the temperament that is necessary for commander in chief.”



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Trump news – live: President demands apology from people he racially abused, as Elizabeth Warren takes sizeable poll lead over him for first time

Trump news – live: President demands apology from people he racially abused, as Elizabeth Warren takes sizeable poll lead over him for first timeDespite boasting of a 94 per cent approval rating among Republicans, Donald Trump finds himself behind Democratic 2020 challengers Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in a new poll conducted for NBC News/Wall Street Journal.The president begins the week embroiled in a racism row after attempting to exploit divisions among the opposition by telling young progressive congresswomen like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”, demanding an apology from his victims in his latest round of tweets.As Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents begin mass deportations raids on at least ten cities, Mr Trump also hit out at media coverage of vice president Mike Pence's visit to a border detention centre in McAllen, Texas, on Friday, insisting the facility in question was “well run and clean” despite evidence to the contrary.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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Biden says he picked South Carolina as spot for apology

Biden says he picked South Carolina as spot for apologyDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Sunday he chose South Carolina to deliver an apology for his controversial remarks about segregationist senators because he wanted to offer it to an audience most likely to have been offended by his words. Kamala Harris, a rival for the Democratic nomination who sharply criticized Biden for those remarks and his views on federally mandated busing, used her campaign trip to the state Sunday to praise Biden for apologizing. South Carolina looms large over the early months of the Democratic contest because it is fourth in line behind Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada in voting for a nominee, is the first state in the South to vote, and has the largest African American electorate in the early states.



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Anita Hill deserves a real apology. Why couldn't Joe Biden offer one?

Anita Hill deserves a real apology. Why couldn't Joe Biden offer one?His failure to genuinely say sorry makes Biden not seem like a responsible, self-aware man who has learned from his mistakes and wants to make amends‘It’s the same demand she’s had for years: not for a simple acknowledgement that she has suffered, but for a way to ensure that other women don’t have to suffer the same way.’’ Photograph: Jennifer Law/AFP/Getty ImagesJoe Biden’s long-awaited presidential announcement finally came on Thursday, in the form of a policy-free video in which the former vice-president castigated Donald Trump for his racism and offered peans to an imagined noble American past (presumably, the past of 2008-16, when Biden served under Barack Obama) instead of a vision for the future.“America’s coming back like we used to be,” Biden said of his run. “Ethical, straight, tell ’em the truth. Supporting our allies, all those good things.” It was Make America Great Again, delivered from a different old white man, with a slightly more patrician east coast accent – harking back to a past that never was, and ignoring or, perhaps, tacitly embracing the injustices that the real past contained.Several of those injustices have been perpetrated by Biden himself, or exacerbated by his career in the Senate, in which he worked steadily to push the Democratic party to the right, championed the 1994 crime bill that needlessly and sadistically accelerated mass incarceration, and cultivated a chummy, shoulder-clapping consensus with Republicans.Among those injustices were the 1991 confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas, now one of the most fiercely conservative justices on the supreme court. As chair of the Senate judiciary committee, Biden led the hearings into accusations of gross sexual harassment by Thomas that had been unearthed from Anita Hill, a lawyer who had once been Thomas’ employee at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Under Biden’s leadership, the committee subjected Hill to a humiliating public ordeal in which she was belittled, condescended to, smeared and disbelieved.It was a spectacle of cruelty in which Biden and his all-male committee colleagues confirmed the dark suspicions of many American woman, on live TV: that men could harass and humiliate them with impunity. Hill was harangued in the press, which concocted a bizarre and evidence-free theory, encouraged by Republicans, that she had invented her accusations against Thomas because she was sexually obsessed with him. Biden and his cohort confirmed Thomas anyway.In an interview with the New York Times this week, Hill, now a law professor at Brandeis, revealed that Biden contacted her last month. She “declined to characterize his words to her as an apology”.In the past, Biden, under pressure from women’s rights activists and a Democratic base increasingly intolerant of sexual misconduct, has spoken of the Thomas hearings in passive terms, as something that happened rather than as something he did. At an event in New York in March, he said: “To this day, I regret I couldn’t give her the kind of hearing she deserved. I wish I could have done something.” Like his announcement, this statement partakes of a kind of rosy historical revisionism, one that conveniently absolved Biden of all responsibility. Because he absolutely could have, in his words, “done something”. He was the chairman of the committee overseeing the hearings. There was no one with more power to “do something” than him.> He seems to understand Hill as an annoying obstacle to his own rise, rather than as a full person with rights and dignityBiden’s non-apology to Hill, coming as it did 28 years after the disastrous hearings, six months after a similarly humiliating and futile ordeal was endured by Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and mere days before Biden’s own presidential run, smacks of insincere opportunism. He seems to understand Hill as an annoying obstacle to his own rise, rather than as a full person with rights and dignity, whom he wronged and should make amends to.His insistent use of the passive voice, meanwhile, makes him appear to lack an understanding of his own agency and power, like someone who will exaggerate his responsibilities for successes and disavow any role in missteps, wrongdoings and failures. As the journalist Bryce Covert put it: “There’s a huge difference between ‘I’m sorry for what I did’, and ‘I’m sorry that happened to you’.” In failing to grapple with his own blind spots, privileges, prejudices and personal failures, Biden has betrayed a lack of personal responsibility that in unacceptable in any adult, let alone in a national leader. The episode does not make Biden seem like a responsible, self-aware man who had learned from his mistakes and wants to make amends. It makes him seem like a man who wants to shut a woman up.To her credit, Hill has not taken the bait. Where a person of less fortitude would have understandably wanted to put the hearings behind them, Hill has been unwavering in her insistence that the way she was treated was wrong and unwilling to compromise in her search for real justice. “I cannot be satisfied by [him] simply saying, ‘I’m sorry for what happened to you,’” she told the New York Times. “I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”It’s the same demand she’s had for years: not for a simple acknowledgement that she has suffered, but for a way to ensure that other women don’t have to suffer the same way. “Rather than expect an apology, which in political terms is a pretty easy act to do,” she told the writer Irin Carmon in 2014, “I would like for us to improve our processes, and ensure that we do not allow this to happen ever again.” * Moira Donegan is a Guardian US columnist



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Joe Biden: Anita Hill not satisfied with former vice-president's apology

Joe Biden: Anita Hill not satisfied with former vice-president's apologyBiden, who handled her testimony before the Senate in 1991, contacted Hill to express ‘regret for what she endured’ Joe Biden: Anita Hill said: ‘I cannot be satisfied by [Biden] simply saying I’m sorry for what happened to you.’ Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Joe Biden, who launched his third campaign for president on Thursday, told Anita Hill he regretted the way he handled her testimony against Clarence Thomas at the 1991 supreme court hearings but she was not “satisfied” by the conversation. The former vice-president contacted her earlier this month to express his “regret for what she endured” during the hearing, an attempt to reckon with a defining moment from his past that looms over his present bid for the White House. But in an interview with the New York Times, published hours after Biden launched his 2020 campaign, Hill said she was not satisfied with his outreach and declined to characterize his comments as an apology. Sign up for the US morning briefing “I cannot be satisfied by simply saying I’m sorry for what happened to you,” she told the paper. “I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.” Biden, who was chairman of the Senate judiciary committee and oversaw the confirmation hearing during which she accused Thomas of sexual harassment, has previously apologized for allowing an all-male and all-white panel of lawmakers to aggressively question Hill. His role in the hearing has come under fresh scrutiny in light of the #MeToo movement and the 2018 supreme court hearing of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who denied accusations of sexually assaulting a woman when he was a teenager. Hill, now a law professor, told the newspaper that she could not support Biden until he takes responsibility for his behavior. “The focus on apology to me is one thing,” she said. “But he needs to give an apology to the other women and to the American public because we know now how deeply disappointed Americans around the country were about what they saw. And not just women. There are women and men now who have just really lost confidence in our government to respond to the problem of gender violence.” A spokesperson for Biden’s 2020 campaign confirmed his outreach to Hill. “They had a private discussion where he shared with her directly his regret for what she endured and his admiration for everything she has done to change the culture around sexual harassment in this country,” the spokesperson said. Biden publicly addressed his treatment of Hill last month at an event in New York City honoring students who helped fight sexual violence on college campuses. “She faced a committee that didn’t fully understand what the hell this was all about. To this day, I regret I couldn’t give her the kind of hearing she deserved,” he said at an event in New York City last month. “I wish I could have done something.” Hill’s comments come as Biden defends himself against allegations from several women who have accused him of unwanted, inappropriate behavior. In response, Biden vowed to change his behavior. “Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying,” Biden said in a video. “Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful of personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”



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Joe Biden apology tour? Don't expect former veep to dwell on allegations in Friday speech

Joe Biden apology tour? Don't expect former veep to dwell on allegations in Friday speechFormer vice president Joe Biden hopes to move past the allegations when he addresses a union Friday. Don't expect an apology tour, one analyst says.



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Trump tweet trolls Biden's apology on touching

Trump tweet trolls Biden's apology on touchingUS President Donald Trump on Thursday deployed his trademark blend of crude humor and Twitter to mock potential election rival Joe Biden’s apology for having touched women without permission. Biden, an undeclared frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to take on Trump in 2020, had earlier tweeted a short video in which he promised to respect “personal space” more in the future. Trump responded by posting a doctored version of the video in which a fake image of Biden creeps up behind the actual Biden and puts his hands on his shoulders.



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Does the media owe Trump an apology?

Does the media owe Trump an apology?Even the country’s best newspapers and websites present almost everything the administration does in dramatic tones beyond all proportion, as if the mere act of Trump trying to govern constituted an existential threat.



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