Donald Trump's presidency takes an ugly and dangerous turn


American politics reached a new and dangerous low over night as  supporters at a Trump rally chanted “send her back, send her back” when the  President renewed his attack on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar .

The US president is now openly whipping up racial hatred and stirring in an ugly strain of misogyny to make the brew even more toxic.

Dozens of Labour MPs, union leaders and campaigners have signed a letter organised by Hope Note Hate in solidarity with Omar and fellow Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

“We are disgusted by Donald Trump’s attack on you. His blatant, unashamed racism has appalled people around the world.

“You embody the best of America. Its diversity is its strength. Thank you for showing the world that America can still provide leadership to be proud of, even when the White House has abdicated that role,” the letter reads.

While welcome, Trump will continue in his vile ways for as long as fellow Republicans and the Tory right in this country continue to apologise for him.

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The US politician Mario Cuomo said you should campaign in poetry and govern in prose.

Boris Johnson is campaigning in nonsense verse.

In the final hustings last night he held up a kipper to highlight how EU laws were infringing the rights of fishermen in the Isle of Man.

Unsurprisingly, the picture makes many of the frontpages but  the fact the Isle of Man is not in the EU is less well covered.

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It is extraordinary how little we know of how he intends to deliver Brexit  beyond the blithe belief it can be resolved by buckets of optimism and the odd photo stunt.

Yet with each announcement he appears to be shutting off the doors to getting a revamped deal through Parliament.

He has boxed himself into a corner by insisting  we will leave “do or die” by October 31  and the Irish backstop will be ditched.

As a result, hopes are fading he will be able to use his brief honeymoon to deliver a deal and fears are rising that we are heading for a no deal.

Yet again last night Johnson refused to rule out proroguing Parliament in October to prevent MPs from thwarting a no deal Brexit.

Boris Johnson’s kipper stunt backfired

The option could be taken out of his hands today when MPs vote on a Lords’ amendment aimed at stopping us leaving without a deal.

Rumours are flying around that a couple of Remainery cabinet ministers may resign today in order to support the amendment.

The Mail reports that Philip Hammond is “poised to quit” before Johnson takes over – everyone assumes it will be Johnson – rather than face the humiliation of being sacked.

The Commons vote takes place around 1.30pm so we will find out by then if we could have new Chancellor by teatime.

The consequences of a no deal will be set out by the Office for Budget Responsibility today. 

According to the Times it will warn that Britain will slip into a recession and the economy will contract by 3%.

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No doubt this will be dismissed as experts peddling yet more project fear.

Today’s agenda:

9.30am – Chris Grayling takes Transport questions in the Commons for hopefully the last time.

10.30am – Mel Stride gives the weekly update on House of Commons business.

11am – William Hague appears before Foreign Affairs select committee to discuss the Kim Darroch leak.

1.30pm – Alistair Carmichael Westminster Hall debate on human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.

What I am reading:

Fintan O’Toole’s magisterial take down of Rod Liddle’s book on Brexit. If reviewing were a blood sport this would be banned.





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