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Kansas City Royals will extend protective netting at stadium

The Kansas City Royals are planning to extend the netting at Kauffman Stadium to better protect fans.

The decision comes after a young fan was struck by a hard-hit foul ball Sunday during the Royals’ game against the Detroit Tigers.

Spokesman Toby Cook told KSHB-TV the girl was kept at a hospital overnight for observation and expected to be released Monday.

“I didn’t get a good look at it but I think it was a mom and a little girl and what do you do when a ball’s coming in like that? It’s just hard to protect yourself. The best thing that I think Major League Baseball could do and we could do is extend the netting,” Royals manager Ned Yost said before Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox. “We don’t want any of our fans coming out and getting hurt. That’s the last thing we want. This is going to be a good thing when they get these nets extended.”

Cook said the club had commissioned a study on how to expand the netting before Sunday’s incident. The timing of extending the netting depends on engineering and design challenges. But he said more netting could be added before the season ends.

Following recommendations from Major League Baseball, the Royals in 2016 extended the netting from the outside edges of the dugouts and raised it behind home plate about 8 feet.

“You hate to say it, but I think since the popularity of cellphones, more people have gotten hit. Because they’re just not paying attention to every pitch like they did before,” Yost said. “It’s not everybody. Sometimes things happen. Sometimes you just can’t move.”

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Netflix Cuts Controversial Suicide Scene From ’13 Reasons Why’

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A scene in the show 13 Reasons Why that had shown actress Katherine Langford’s character taking her own life has been edited out.

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Two years after it released the first season of the show 13 Reasons Why with a graphic suicide scene, Netflix has announced that it has edited it out.

The show is centered around the suicide of fictional teen Hannah Baker, and the first season’s finale shows her taking her own life. Several organizations, including the National Association of School Psychologists, raised concerns that it could serve to romanticize suicide for vulnerable teens.

“Our creative intent in portraying the ugly, painful reality of suicide in such graphic detail in Season 1 was to tell the truth about the horror of such an act, and make sure no one would ever wish to emulate it,” show creator Brian Yorkey said in a statement. “But as we ready to launch Season 3, we have heard concerns about the scene from Dr. Christine Moutier at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and others, and have agreed with Netflix to re-edit it.”

“No one scene is more important than the life of the show, and its message that we must take better care of each other,” he added. “We believe this edit will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers.”

After some initial criticism, Netflix added a warning card to the beginning of the episode, alerting viewers that the episode contained “graphic depictions of suicide and violence.”

The show also has a website, 13reasonswhy.info, containing resources about suicide prevention. It contains videos of cast members discussing topics such as bullying, consent, depression, and how to talk with a teen about the series. The site also warns: “If you are struggling, this series may not be right for you or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult.”

The edited version, now on Netflix, shows Hannah looking at herself in the mirror, full of emotion. It then cuts to her parents finding her body in the bathroom and reacting to her death. The previous version was nearly three minutes long, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and shows her cutting her wrists with a razor blade.

Netflix’s decision has drawn praise from a number of suicide prevention advocates, such as American Association of Suicidology, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American School Counselor Association, Dr. Helen Hsu from Stanford, advocacy group Mental Health America, the Trevor Project and Dr. Rebecca Hedrick from Cedars-Sinai, according to THR.

“We support the decision to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from 13 Reasons Why. There has been much debate about the series in the medical community,” they said in a joint statement, as THR reported. “But this positive change will ensure that 13 Reasons Why continues to encourage open conversation about mental health and suicide prevention — while also mitigating the risk for the most vulnerable teenage viewers.”

Ron Avi Astor at the University of Southern California, who studies adolescent bullying and mental health, discussed with NPR’s Anya Kamenetz how the images of self-harm on the show could impact teens.

Avi Astor told Kamenetz that the depiction could be contagious – but just for certain teens. “It’s not just that any random kid would see it and do it,” he said, but for a kid who was already thinking about suicide, it had the potential to influence their behavior.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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Chris Evans Exposes ‘Painfully Transparent’ Reason For Trump’s Racist Attack

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“Avengers” star Chris Evans slammed President Donald Trump this week for writing a series of racist tweets attacking progressive Democratic lawmakers. 

On Sunday, Trump told several women of color serving in Congress to “go back” to their own countries and has since doubled down on those comments. 

“This is racist, Biff,” Evans wrote on Twitter, referring to Trump with the name of the “Back to the Future” bully.

Then, Evans called out the president for “wielding hate and racism” to manipulate his supporters, writing:

Evans, who played Captain America in the Marvel films, has been a steady Trump critic on Twitter. Earlier this month, he blasted Trump’s Independence Day rally with a July 4th message of his own, reminding Americans of the true meaning of the holiday: “courage in the face of tyranny.”  

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Twitter Users Slam Mitt Romney’s ‘Spineless’ Reaction To Racist Trump Tweets — The Utah senator refused to answer a reporter’s question on if he thought the president was racist.

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Chris Evans Exposes ‘Painfully Transparent’ Reason For Trump’s Racist Attack

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“Avengers” star Chris Evans slammed President Donald Trump this week for writing a series of racist tweets attacking progressive Democratic lawmakers. 

On Sunday, Trump told several women of color serving in Congress to “go back” to their own countries and has since doubled down on those comments. 

“This is racist, Biff,” Evans wrote on Twitter, referring to Trump with the name of the “Back to the Future” bully.

Then, Evans called out the president for “wielding hate and racism” to manipulate his supporters, writing:

Evans, who played Captain America in the Marvel films, has been a steady Trump critic on Twitter. Earlier this month, he blasted Trump’s Independence Day rally with a July 4th message of his own, reminding Americans of the true meaning of the holiday: “courage in the face of tyranny.”  

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Peter Morici: Fed must radically change or become irrelevant

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As Chairman Jerome Powell defends the Federal Reserve’s political independence and prepares to cut interest rates to keep the expansion going, he risks missing much bigger challenges—the growing irrelevance of Fed policies and the challenge posed by Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra to the primacy of the dollar.

The Fed targets 2 percent inflation as a compromise between accomplishing full employment and stable prices, but this standard has become a false God for central banks around the globe.

ECONOMIST STEVE MOORE ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEW FEDERAL RESERVE NOMINEES

Over the last decade, whether unemployment was 10 percent or less than 4, no matter how high or low the Fed set interest rates or engaged in quantitative easing, inflation has mostly fluctuated below 2 percent and has largely been determined by oil prices. The pace of growth has been impervious to inflation—it has fluctuated widely, mostly between 0 and 4 percent, without much correlation with inflation.

The Fed is chasing an irrelevant target with policy tools that don’t work.

Part of the problem is that money—traditionally defined as currency and checking account balances – is not what it used to be. Businesses’ and consumers’ ability to spend against next months’ sales and paychecks is really defined by the size of the lines of credit and credit card limits. Small movements in short-term interest rates have little impact on the availability of these forms of liquidity.

The Fed can’t control the traditional money supply anyway. It has put huge reserves in the hands of banks – those are sums only banks, hedge funds and money managers are allowed to keep in electronic checking accounts at the Fed. However, banks often prefer to take the interest the Fed pays on these reserves instead of lending those out to create new checking account money and spending power.

The size of the Fed’s balance sheet—the bonds it holds to create reserves for banks—and those of other central banks like the European Central Bank, are dictated by slow growth government policies – too much regulation, multilateralism and political correctness. That compels ambitious politicians to promise angry voters an increasing array of welfare benefits. Ten and 30-year Treasury and mortgage rates are so low now, not because of Fed or ECB aspirations, but because those institutions are compelled to hold ever larger sums of government bonds or the finances of their central governments will collapse..

As a young professor in the 1970s, I carried around my checkbook and paid the grocer and department stores with signed vouchers. When was the last time you saw the checkout line at Safeway held up by an old man fumbling with a check?

Now credit cards, banks and even the Fed are on the cusp of being subverted by Libra – Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency—or a similar contraption if regulators won’t let Mark Zuckerberg have that much power.

Deficits of national governments will fly out of control over the next few decades to pay for underfunded social insurance pensions, the demands of displaced blue collar workers for lower taxes, free college and health care and guaranteed incomes for those who refuse to work, and mitigation to defend coastlines and farms from rising sea levels, temperatures and drought through sea walls, CO2 recapture and irrigation. The Fed and central banks throughout the world will be compelled to purchase huge sums of government bonds by issuing fiat money. Only fools will have confidence that anyone really controls the supply of fiat money and in the security of government bonds denominated in those currencies.

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Enter the Libra. It will initially be backed on a dollar for dollar basis by a basket of high quality fiat money – dollars, euros, yen and the like. But fiat currency and checking account money were originally backed by the gold and silver coins and bullion that fiat money replaced. And in time, Libra’s independent commission in Switzerland could do something the Fed and ECB can no longer do—manage and expand its supply for the needs of commerce by creating its own Libra-based banking system.

Central banks everywhere have shied from issuing electronic money akin to Libra directly to consumers to by-pass banks and directly influence the private economy. The Fed and banks had better look out—Mr. Zuckerberg’s privately run monetary policy could make them as irrelevant as Facebook did telephones and texting for keeping large groups of people informed of their common endeavors.

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Tucker Carlson: When AOC, Ilhan Omar and the ‘squad’ are talking, Democrats are losing

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In the series of tweets Sunday, President Trump attacked four freshmen Democrats in Congress: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib. He called them anti-American. Cable news has been going bonkers ever since.

The consensus in Washington is that Trump made a mistake by once again making the story about himself. Maybe that’s true. Time will tell.

But there’s another way to look at it. By singling out these four members of Congress, the president also highlighted their prominence in the Democratic Party.

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Six months ago, these were just four young lefties in a sea of 235 House Democrats. Now, they are the Democratic Party. If you don’t believe it, you must have missed the press conference all the channels took live on Monday. The congresswomen said a lot which will help define the Democratic Party going forward. For example, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, explaining that the president is not really the president?

“The remarks from the occupant of our White House — I will always refer to him as the ‘occupant’ as he is only occupying space, and does not embody the grace, the empathy, the compassion, the integrity that that office requires and that the American people deserve,” she said.

So, if you’re not compassionate, according to this member of Congress, you are illegitimate. “This president is illegitimate,” she says because the 2016 election itself was illegitimate. It didn’t go the way Democrats wanted, so, of course, it must have been rigged, three months after the Mueller report showed otherwise.

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“This president has been credibly accused of committing multiple crimes, including colluding with a foreign government to interfere with our election,” Omar said.

When Ilhan Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and the rest — when those four people are talking, Democrats are losing. They don’t know that yet on Twitter.

It went on like this, just days after a terror attack on a facility, driven by very irresponsible rhetoric. The group repeated the insinuation that border detention facilities that were created by the Obama administration are, in fact, a brand-new atrocity created out of nothing by the Trump people, and they are a crime against humanity.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.: Keeping children in cages and having human beings drinking out of toilets. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.: He can’t look a child in the face, and he can’t look all Americans in the face and justify why this country is throwing them in cages. 

It was a big day. Earlier in the day, new party leader Ilhan Oman was asked about a recent terrorist attack committed by the left and she pointedly refused to condemn it. It’s not hard. But she didn’t do it. Why didn’t she?

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Because progressives love it. They love this whole thing. They think moments like that are helping their cause. They’re thrilled when Ilhan Omar and the rest give the finger to their many political enemies.

The problem is Twitter is not America. Twitter is a tiny, foul-smelling sewer where unhappy people share their fever dreams. The rest of the country is a very different place, and the rest of the country finds that kind of rhetoric disgusting. Even the majority of Democrats are unnerved by it. Look at the polls.

When Ilhan Omar is talking, Democrats are losing. Again, when Ilhan Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and the rest — when those four people are talking, Democrats are losing. They don’t know that yet on Twitter, but they’ll find out at some point, probably soon.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on July 15, 2019.

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Why Thousands Of Amazon Workers Are Striking On Prime Day

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Midway through the work day on Monday, the first day of Amazon’s Prime Day sale extravaganza, workers at the company’s distribution center in Shakopee, Minnesota, walked off the job in protest of what they’ve described as unreasonable and unsafe working conditions. It was reportedly the first major strike of Amazon workers in the U.S. during Prime Day, one of the company’s biggest sales events of the year.

This year’s Prime Day, which spans Monday and Tuesday, could rake in an estimated $5.8 billion in sales globally. 

“We know Prime Day is a big day for Amazon, so we hope this strike will help executives understand how serious we are about wanting real change that will uplift the workers in Amazon’s warehouses,” Safiyo Mohamed, one of the Minnesota strikers, said in a statement, according to AFP. “We create a lot of wealth for Amazon, but they aren’t treating us with the respect and dignity that we deserve.”

Supporters of the picketers have reminded consumers that buying anything from Amazon on Prime Day would be crossing a digital picket line.

Photos taken outside the Shakopee warehouse show a few dozen protesters holding signs with phrases like “We’re human, not robots.” Some 100 to 200 workers had been expected to join the strike, which lasted six hours starting at 3 p.m. on Monday; but strikers claimed managers had intimidated workers from joining the walkout.

The Minnesota workers weren’t the only ones to use Prime Day as an emphatic way to make their grievances with Amazon known.

Some 2,000 Amazon workers at seven facilities in Germany walked out in protest of poor working conditions and low wages, CNBC reported. Amazon had said earlier that the German strike would not impact deliveries to customers. 

Demonstrations also took place in several American cities, including New York, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, where Amazon’s headquarters is located, to press the retail giant to stop selling technology to U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.

The Seattle Times noted that the U.K., Spain and Poland had Prime Day protests of their own. 

Amazon has repeatedly come under scrutiny over the years for subjecting warehouse workers to punishing working conditions, including instituting unreasonable quotas and making it difficult for employees to take adequate breaks or use the restroom.

Earlier this month, late night host John Oliver devoted the majority of his show to calling out the retail giant for its questionable worker policies.

“Over the years, Amazon has been criticized by workers for their unwillingness to accommodate basic human needs like using the bathroom,” Oliver said, later adding that “the more you look at Amazon, the more you realize its convenience comes at a real cost.” 

At the Shakopee facility, striking workers have expressed similar complaints.

Meg Brady, a “rebinner” at the warehouse, told The Washington Post this week that she’s expected to handle 600 items per hour ― a physically demanding task that she said caused a stress fracture in her foot.

“They’re working under insane deadlines, often in unsafe conditions,” Liz Shuler of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations said in a statement of the Minnesota workers.

“We’re standing strong in solidarity with the workers in Shakopee and beyond, but we hope you will too. When you stand up together collectively, that is how we change corporate behavior,” she continued.

As CNBC noted, many workers at the Shakopee facility ― the majority of whom are East African ― have also complained that Amazon has been unwilling to accommodate their religious practices and holidays. 

Strike organizers said they want Amazon to “provide safe and reliable jobs, increase respect and opportunities for advancement for the predominantly East African workforce” and “protect the right to organize and advocate for better working conditions,” among other demands.

Amazon has pushed back against the strikers and their supporters, claiming they were “conjuring misinformation to work in their favor.” 

“[In] fact we already offer the things they purport to be their cause — industry leading pay of $15 per hour, benefits, and a safe workplace for our employees,” the company said in a statement. “If these groups — unions and the politicians they rally to their cause — really want to help the American worker, we encourage them to focus their energy on passing legislation for an increase in the federal minimum wage, because $7.25 is too low.”

Several politicians, including candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have expressed support for the Amazon workers.

“Give ’em hell,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted to the strikers. “Standing in solidarity with you.”

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Historian: Trump Now Tied For ‘Most Racist President In American History’

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian says President Donald Trump is now tied for number one in a category he likely won’t be bragging about.  

“He has joined Andrew Johnson as the most racist president in American history,” Jon Meacham said on MSNBC on Monday, referring to the leader who routinely finishes at or near the very bottom of presidential rankings by historians.

Meacham said that “Johnson, in a state message, said that African-Americans were incapable of self-government and relapsed into barbarism if they weren’t closely supervised.”

Over the weekend, Trump launched a racist tirade against several women of color who are currently serving in Congress, telling them to “go back” to their own countries. 

Meacham said that America has never been about the concept of birthright but rather the belief that “all men are created equal,” as stated in the Declaration of Independence. 

“We didn’t apply it that fully then, we haven’t applied it fully now,” he said. “But that journey toward a more perfect union is the story of the country.”

Instead, Trump has stoked racism with both his recent comments as well as his “birther” lies about former President Barack Obama, Meacham said. 

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The Painful Roots of Trump’s ‘Go Back’ Comment

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WASHINGTON — Shelley Jackson was 7 years old the first time she heard it.

In the early 1970s, Ms. Jackson was among a group of 40 black children who were bused from one side of Los Angeles to integrate a majority-white school across town. One day, a playground squabble ended in a white classmate telling her to go back to Africa.

“That day was the first day that I became aware that maybe we weren’t supposed to be there,” Ms. Jackson, who was born in California, said in an interview, “or that wasn’t our place.”

On Sunday, President Trump used a version of a well-worn insult to tell four congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.” All but one are American-born, but all are women of color.

The president’s words reflected a love-it-or-leave-it sentiment that experts say has animated a sense of xenophobia since the dawn of the republic.

But fresh examples persist. Along with more than 4,800 other people who wrote to The New York Times to share their own experiences with the phrase in the hours since Mr. Trump wrote it on Twitter, Ms. Jackson said his words served as a cutting reminder for scores of people who had encountered some version of that phrase throughout their lives, usually when they were speaking out in predominantly white spaces.

“It’s like having a cold glass of water thrown in your face,” Ms. Jackson said, adding that she feels Mr. Trump has emboldened a culture where “you get a pass now to just say the things you only thought before.”

Those who study language and rhetoric say the president’s “go back” comments — or, at least, the sentiment behind them — have roots beginning as far back as the 1600s, when dissidents were banished from American colonies for advocating total religious freedom. Later, a set of laws passed in 1798 allowed the deportation of noncitizens who were considered dangerous, were from hostile nations or had criticized the federal government.

Amos Kiewe, who studies rhetoric at Syracuse University, guessed that the president’s tweet was most likely meant to sow divisions in the Democratic Party — and perhaps kick-start another news cycle that reporters would breathlessly follow — but that it had the side effect of surfacing a phrase with a history that is particularly racially divisive.

“There has always been this xenophobia, fear of the other,” Mr. Kiewe said, “the foreigner, the person who looks different. It has hit different minorities for many decades.”

It was there in 1882, when the Chinese Exclusion Act sought to curb the number of Chinese workers and families entering the United States to find day-labor work, from building railroads to doing laundry. And it was there in the 1840s, when anti-Irish and anti-Catholic sentiment in the United States led to the creation of a nativist political party designed to weed out foreign influence.

One of the prime examples of the “go back” sentiment has roots in the American Colonization Society, a white-led organization that sought to send freed slaves back to Africa. Fodei Batty, an assistant professor of political science at Quinnipiac University, wrote in a 2016 Washington Post analysis that some freed slaves went willingly because they were “disillusioned with the prospects of racial equality in America,” while others who wanted to stay argued that the effort to resettle slaves was a thinly veiled way to purge the United States of black people.

Descendants of those who stayed, Mr. Batty said in an interview, are now familiar with the sort of knee-jerk “go back” slur meant to immediately single out someone from a group where one trait — usually whiteness — is the default.

“You’re making this claim only to adopt a sense of place,” Mr. Batty said, “to put someone in a sense of place and give a sense of the other, that someone is different, without even having an understanding of the implications of those words.”

For African-Americans, the idea of returning to Africa, originally advocated by some whites as a better alternative than servitude, now persists as an angry slur. Outside a Trump rally in Cleveland in 2016, a man was filmed shouting “go back to Africa” at a black woman who was there to protest Mr. Trump.

“Y’all brought us here,” the woman retorted.

From the 4,800 responses The Times received, a common theme seemed to be encountering the slur when speaking up in white spaces, with the targets not limited to African-Americans. Samantha Edwards, a 47-year-old administrative assistant who grew up in Las Vegas, also wrote to The Times to share her story.

In the mid-1990s, she said she and her mother were chased out of a restaurant by two white men who screamed at them to “go back to Mexico.” She said she and her mother had been speaking together in English before the men chased them. Ms. Edwards, who was born in the United States but is of Mexican descent, said her parents avoided teaching her Spanish so she could avoid some of the discrimination they felt.

“It’s frustrating to have a leader of your own country talking like that,” Ms. Edwards said, referring to Mr. Trump. “He’s supposed to represent all of us and he’s not.”

Alanna Daniels, a 33-year-old business analyst from Waco, Tex., said that she often heard different variations of the taunt as a child, depending on which country people thought she was from. Ms. Daniels, who is mixed-race American with a white mother and a black father, said Mr. Trump’s tweet reflected back a version of a “kindergarten, exasperated” insult she has heard throughout her life.

She highlighted the irony that a president who has spent much of his campaign and presidency criticizing his country, often referring to it as a “laughingstock,” is turning that argument back on four congresswomen who have criticized it for other reasons.

“It was almost him saying that ‘this discourse is not for you,’” Ms. Daniels said. “It was almost saying ‘this isn’t yours, you have no skin in the game — literally.’”

On Monday, speaking at a Made in America event showcasing American-made sandals, hot sauce and motorcycles at the White House, Mr. Trump defended himself against assertions that what he said was racist, and that white nationalists were finding common ground with him.

“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Mr. Trump said. “All I’m saying is that if they want to leave they can leave. It doesn’t say leave forever.”

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