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Utah Teens Allegedly Left 14-Year-Old for Dead After Shooting Her in the Head and Robbing Her

Two Utah teens were charged Tuesday with the attempted murder of a 14-year-old girl who police said was shot in the back of the head, robbed and then left for dead last week.
The 16-year-old boys, who were arrested over the weekend, are charged with one count each of first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder and aggravated robbery and four counts each of second-degree felony obstructing justice.
The two teen suspects allegedly lured their victim to a dry canal bed in Smithfield, Utah, under the guise of selling her a knife, according to charging documents obtained by PEOPLE.
The county attorney said he plans to try them both as adults, but such a motion has not yet been approved by a judge. A court official says information about the suspects’ attorneys and pleas was not available Wednesday because they’re minors. They remain in custody.
PEOPLE is not identifying the suspects while they are being tried as juveniles.
Authorities say the victim, a ninth-grade girl, was found semi-conscious in the canal, about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, on Friday. She had been reported missing the previous evening after she didn’t arrive home from school, and she was hospitalized soon after being found.
Family spokesman Jill Parker tells PEOPLE the victim remains in critical condition in a medically-induced coma.
“She is in the fight of her life right now,” Parker told the Salt Lake City Tribune
In a statement to PEOPLE, the victim’s family thanked law enforcement and the hospital staff as well as the community for “all the support, prayers, assistance … in our time of need.”
“We know that our Father in Heaven is watching over her and all of us that have been touched by her,” the family’s statement continued. “We know the he hears and answers prayers and we can see his hand at work as  continues to make progress.”

Suspect: ‘I Am So So So Sorry’

Police allege the initial plan was to stab the victim to death and then rob her — but one of the suspects decided instead to use a .22-caliber revolver he had brought with him.
That teen brought the gun “as a secondary weapon to be used against if the original plan failed,” the documents allege. He eventually confessed, authorities claim.
When interviewed by police, that same teen allegedly said that after he shot the victim at close range, he stole her cellphone and iPod from her pocket. He allegedly claimed the other teen stole $55 from the victim’s purse and forcibly removed her backpack from her body.
After they robbed her, the duo allegedly tossed the victim’s backpack in a Dumpster in a city park and destroyed her electronics, according to the charging documents.
Greed was the reason they stole the items, the first suspect allegedly told police in his confession. He provided police with “a written apology to family in which he states ‘I am so so so sorry,’ ” the documents claim.
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The teen allegedly told police that after the shooting, he hid the gun under his brother’s mattress and gave the bullet casing to his accomplice as a “memento,” according to the documents. Police found the casing on the teen’s bedroom windowsill.
The second teen was also interviewed by police and initially denied any involvement in the shooting, according to the documents. He later told police he had met his friend at the canal but claimed the friend was with a girl he didn’t know.
He said the girl asked for a ride home and when she turned around to walk away, his friend allegedly pulled out a gun and shot her in the head — which scared him. His interview ended after he asked for an attorney.
Cache County Attorney James Swink told reporters the crime’s violence was unusual, according to the Associated Press.
“I haven’t seen anything like this case in the 18 years I’ve worked ,” he said.
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly issued new guidance on Tuesday outlining how his department will enforce President Donald Trump's executive order to crack down on immigration.
The goal is not "mass deportation" White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, but to eliminate exceptions that President Barack Obama's administration allowed to keep undocumented immigrants who weren't a threat from being deported.
"Remember, everybody who is here illegally is subject to removal at any time," Spicer said at the press briefing on Tuesday. "The president wanted to take the shackles off individuals in these agencies and say: 'You have a mission. There are laws that need to be followed. You should do your mission and follow the law.'"
How does Trump's new immigration policy — and Kelly's implementation of it — compare with Obama's? We broke it down.

How many unauthorized immigrants are in the US?

Official data from the Department of Homeland Security estimates that just over 11 million unauthorized immigrants live in the US, making up about 3% of the population.

How many did Obama deport?

During Obama's eight years in office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported over 3.1 million unauthorized immigrants. Most unauthorized immigrants who were apprehended inside of the country, not at the border, were convicted criminals, according to DHS.
In 2016, ICE officials removed 240,255 people, 58% of whom had criminal histories. Of the 65,332 people apprehended inside the country, 92% had been convicted of a crime, according to DHS statistics.

What's the same?  

DACA

Trump left intact Obama's 2012 executive order on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
The action allowed immigrants under 31 who came to the US as children to apply for a deferred action, meaning the government won't deport them for two years and grants them the ability to legally work in the country. Applicants can reapply for DACA if they still meet the criteria. Citizenship and Immigration Services determines on a case-by-case basis if they can stay.
Obama tried to expand deferred action in 2014 to include the parents of green-card holders or of children who were granted DACA privileges, but the courts struck down that order, and the Supreme Court left in place that ruling in a 4-4 vote.

Protecting sensitive locations

The DHS policy preventing enforcement activities at "sensitive locations" remains in effect. These include schools, places of worship, hospitals, and public demonstrations like rallies. The policy is meant to allow unauthorized immigrants to go to these locations "without fear" of being apprehended and deported.

Prioritizing criminals

The Obama administration prioritized enforcement for convicted criminals, those who posed a danger to national security, and gang members. That won't change under Trump's order.
"All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention, and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States," says a DHS Q&A about the order's implementation. "The guidance makes clear, however, that ICE should prioritize several categories of removable aliens who have committed crime, beginning with those convicted of a criminal offense."

What's different?  

Not just criminals

In short, Trump's goal is to deport more unauthorized immigrants than Obama did, faster.
The DHS Q&A repeatedly says that "all of those in violation of the immigration laws" — that is, anyone who has entered the country illegally — can be deported at any time.

10,000 agents

Trump plans to hire 10,000 ICE agents, which could effectively triple the force, since the agency employed 5,700 deportation officers under Obama.
Kelly also outlined that the administration will encourage and train local law-enforcement officers to perform ICE duties, such as apprehending suspected unauthorized immigrants, under the 287(g) program. However, many mayors have declared their territories "sanctuary cities," where local law enforcement won't participate in the program.

Expedited removal

The number of people subject to "expedited removal" will increase, meaning they will largely bypass court proceedings before being deported.
Under Obama, ICE agents invoked this authority when they apprehended unauthorized immigrants within 100 miles of the US border within 14 days of when they crossed it. Trump has expanded expedited removal to unauthorized immigrants who have been in the country for up to two years, no matter where they were apprehended.

Removing privacy protections

This policy, which Obama had left intact but Trump rescinded, dates back to President George W. Bush's administration. Bush had expanded privacy rights to include unauthorized immigrants' personally identifiable information collected by agencies such as DHS. Trump's administration will no longer enforce this.

The border

The DHS memos direct federal resources to be used to expand detention centers for immigrants and to build the wall along the border with Mexico.
It's unclear how much each of these directives will cost, though a DHS internal report estimated the wall alone would cost $21.6 billion.

Seeking asylum

Trump's order changes the process for people claiming asylum in the US because they suffered persecution in the countries they fled based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or social group.
Under Obama, asylum officers typically referred cases to the courts to decide. But Trump's policy directs the officers to determine whether an applicant has "credible fear" of returning to their country when deciding to advance a case.
"The goal of DHS is to ensure the asylum process is not abused," says a DHS Q&A on the policy. "Asylum officers are being directed to conduct credible fear interviews in a manner that allows the interviewing officer to elicit all relevant information from the alien as is necessary to make a legally sufficient determination."

Grandfather Allegedly Murders Son to Protect Granddaughter, 12, from Abuse

An Alabama grandfather is accused of murdering his son this week to save his 12-year-old granddaughter from abuse, authorities tell PEOPLE.
Hubbard Junior Hall, 64, was taken into custody on Tuesday shortly after he allegedly shot his 41-year-old son, Mark, at a home in Baldwin County, Alabama, according to the Baldwin sheriff’s office.
“Apparently the discharged bullet hit  rib cage and ricocheted into his chest cavity, where it caused severe bleeding,” Baldwin sheriff’s Capt. Stephen Arthur tells PEOPLE.
“He bled to death before he was able to get to the hospital.”
Investigators say the violence was sparked earlier that night after Mark, his daughter and the child’s grandmother were attending a baseball game in nearby Mobile, Alabama. (Mark coached his daughter’s softball team, officials say.)
On their way home, Mark received a phone call that “had something to do with his 12-year-old daughter and it upset him,” Arthur says.
“Whatever this individual told Mr. Hall, it upset him and he began to strike his daughter,” Arthur explains. “This assault or striking of the child continued on the entire drive home.”
Mark has custody of his daughter, but his relationship with her mother was not immediately clear, according to authorities. They have no record of Mark previously abusing his daughter. 
On Tuesday, once the family arrived at the grandparents’ home in Baldwin County, Hubbard got into a confrontation with Mark after his son said he was taking his daughter to his house. The child was staying with her grandparents, but her dad lived nearby, according to Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters.
When Mark said he wanted to take the girl, Hubbard “intervened and said, ‘You are not going to take her with you. She is staying here with us,’ ” Capt. Arthur says, “and when  turned to get his child to leave, shot him one time with a .25-caliber pistol in the left side.”
Law enforcement was called to the residence about 8:15 p.m. and found Mark on the living room floor. Hubbard was arrested and taken to the Baldwin County Corrections Center where he is held on a $100,000 bond.
He has not entered a plea or retained an attorney.
“It is definitely an unfortunate situation that this occurred,” Arthur tells PEOPLE. “It would have been a lot better if he  had picked up the phone and called law enforcement and let someone else deal with the situation.”
“It it tough for a kid,” D.A. Wilters says. “It is tough for everybody.”

Off-Duty Cop Fires Shot During Scuffle With Boy, 13, Sparking Widespread Outrage

News of an off-duty Southern California police officer who purportedly fired his gun during a dispute with a 13-year-old boy has sparked outrage after videos of the confrontation appeared on social media Wednesday.
Protests erupted as demonstrators called for the arrest of the LAPD officer, whose apparent use of a gun during the heated argument over what authorities said was an ongoing issue of children walking across the lawn of his Anaheim home. 
The argument seen in footage taken Tuesday began after the 13-year-old believed the officer had cursed a teenage girl he was with, the L.A. Times reports.
When the teen boy confronts him, the officer says "That’s not what I said" before telling another teen "Shut the… up... you weren’t even there."
The officer then appears to grab the 13-year-old's collar and attempts to drag him before someone rushes the cop and pushes him over a hedge. 
As more young people begin to surround the officer, he appears to pull a handgun from the waist of his jeans and a shot is heard.
The 13-year-old boy and one teenager say that the 13-year-old told the man he was going to "sue" the cop, who apparently heard the word "shoot."
When police arrived, the officer is seen walking away with his hands in the air. However, he was not detained.
The 13-year-old boy was detained, however, and later booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of making criminal threats and battery.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery and later released, according to the Anaheim Police Department.
Those arrests, paired with the off-duty cop's use of a gun, sparked protests in Anaheim Wednesday as hundreds took to the streets calling for the officer's arrest.
Anaheim police reported about 24 arrests for misdemeanor charges near Disneyland Wednesday night into Thursday.
While the protests began peacefully, CBS Los Angeles reported that some protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers over the course of the night.
As of Thursday morning, the status of the teen's charges remained unclear.
In a statement, the Anaheim PD said a special telephone number has been created for those who want to comment on this event. The number is 714-765-7990.
The statement reads: 
"The Anaheim Police Department Homicide Detail is investigating the criminal culpability of the off-duty police officer, as well as the juveniles involved. The videos posted online do not depict the entire event. Our job is to collect all of the facts and evidence to present the clearest and most accurate information to the District Attorney's Office as they make their decision on the filing of criminal charges.
"As far as the officer's employment status, he does not work for our agency, but the LAPD is completing its own investigation into the actions of their officer.
"We have received reports of planned protests. Peaceful protests in accordance with the law are perfectly acceptable. Acts of violence or vandalism will not be tolerated."
While Anaheim cops investigate, LAPD spokesman Capt. Andy Neiman said the department had launched its own internal investigation as part of standard procedure when officers fire their guns. 
"We will continue to conduct the internal investigation to determine the actions of the officer and the circumstances, and then we’ll consult with the Orange County district attorney as well to determine if there’s any issues," Neiman said.
As with all shootings by LAPD officers, Neiman said, the off-duty officer will remain out of the field until what’s known as a 72-hour briefing, when Chief Charlie Beck reviews the initial inquiry into the case and determines whether the officer can return.

These Maps Put A Spotlight On The Cultural Divide In The U.S.

It has been several months since the election and thanks to a series of post-election maps, we can clearly see which area of the United States voted for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. But let’s say you didn’t have those maps. Let’s say you had to determine which areas of the U.S. supported either candidate more. Would you be surprised to find out that the popularity of a TV show like ‘Duck Dynasty’ correlates to how strongly Trump did during the election?

Based on these maps released by The Upshot of The New York Times, there is a very close relation between politics and culture.

Using Facebook data to determine which TV shows were “liked” by users in various ZIP codes, they found that 50 of the most-liked shows were separated into three distinct groups based on geographic distributions. The data reveals a cultural divide among three regions in the U.S.: cities and suburbs, rural areas, and the extended Black Belt, an area extending from the Mississippi River along the Eastern Seaboard and up to Washington as well as locations with large nonwhite populations.

Urban Areas

cultural divide maps

Most common shows: Adventure Time, American Horror Story, Family Guy, Game of Thrones, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Modern Family, Mythbusters, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Saturday Night Live, So You Think You Can Dance, South Park, The Big Bang Theory, The Daily Show, The Simpsons, The Tonight Show, Tosh.O

Rural Areas

cultural divide maps

Most common shows: 16 and Pregnant, American Dad!, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Bones, Cake Boss, Criminal Minds, Dancing With the Stars, Deadliest Catch, Duck Dynasty, Fast n’ Loud, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Pawn Stars, Pretty Little Liars, Ridiculousness, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Supernatural, Teen Mom, The Vampire Diaries, The Voice, The Walking Dead, Wipeout

Extended Black Belt

cultural divide maps

Most common shows: 106 & Park, Bad Girls Club, Empire, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Law & Order: SVU, Love & Hip Hop, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Scandal, Spongebob SquarePants, The First 48, The Tom and Jerry Show

The 50 maps were ranked in order of the disparity between their highest and lowest fan percentages, and as you can see, there is a strong cultural divide throughout the U.S. Gone are the days when networks focused solely on audience numbers. Now it’s all about demographics which helps to fracture national culture.  

Take a look at some of the maps below to see just how large the cultural divide is and make sure you check out the rest of the maps here.

1. Duck Dynasty

5. The Daily Show

7. Modern Family

9. Empire

11. The Big Bang Theory

15. Game of Thrones

16. The Walking Dead

17. Bad Girls Club

19. The Tonight Show

21. Fast n’ Loud

24. Deadliest Catch

25. Teen Mom

40. 16 and Pregnant

43. Cake Boss

45. Supernatural

50. The Vampire Diaries

 

[Via: The New York Times]

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Former Nursing Home Worker Accused of Giving Lap Dance to 100-Year-Old Patient Speaks Out

Sam Altman runs a prestigious Silicon Valley startup incubator, Y Combinator. He did not vote for Donald Trump. But he wanted to learn about how the rest of America thinks and feels. So he spent months traveling the country, interviewing Trump supporters. He published his findings on his personal blog and has allowed Business Insider to publish them here as well.
After the election, I decided to talk to 100 Trump voters from around the country. I went to the middle of the country, the middle of the state, and talked to many online.
This was a surprisingly interesting and helpful experience — I highly recommend it. With three exceptions, I found something to like about everyone I talked to (though I strongly disagreed with many of the things they said). Although it shouldn't have surprised me given the voting data, I was definitely surprised by the diversity of the people I spoke to — I did not expect to talk to so many Muslims, Mexicans, Black people, and women in the course of this project.
Almost everyone I asked was willing to talk to me, but almost none of them wanted me to use their names — even people from very red states were worried about getting "targeted by those people in Silicon Valley if they knew I voted for him." One person in Silicon Valley even asked me to sign a confidentiality agreement before she would talk to me, as she worried she'd lose her job if people at her company knew she was a strong Trump supporter.
I wanted to understand what Trump voters liked and didn't like about the president, what they were nervous about, what they thought about the left's response so far, and most importantly, what would convince them not to vote for him in the future.
Obviously, this is not a poll and not "data." But I think narratives are really important.
Here's what I heard.
The TL;DR quote is this:
"You all can defeat Trump next time, but not if you keep mocking us, refusing to listen to us, and cutting us out. It's Republicans, not Democrats, who will take Trump down." 

What do you like about Trump?

"He is not politically correct." Note: This sentiment came up a lot, probably in at least a third of the conversations I had.
"He says true but unpopular things. If you can't talk about problems, you can't fix them."
"I'm a Jewish libertarian who's [sic] grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Over the last few years, the mainstream left has resorted to name-calling and character assassination, instead of debate, any time their positions are questioned. This atmosphere became extremely oppressive and threatening to people, like myself, who disagreed with many of Obama's policies over the past several years. Intelligent debate has become rare."
"It's a lot like political discussion was in Soviet Union, actually. I think the inability to acknowledge obvious truths, and the ever-increasing scope of these restrictions, makes it particularly frustrating. And personally, for whatever reason, I find inability to have more subtle discussion very frustrating — things are not white or black, but you can't talk about grays since the politically correct answer is white." 
"He is anti-abortion." Note: This sentiment came up a lot. A number of people I spoke to said they didn't care about anything else he did and would always vote for whichever candidate was more anti-abortion.
"I like that he puts the interests of Americans first. American policy needs to be made from a position of how Americans benefit from it, as that is the role of government."
"He is anti-immigration." Note: This sentiment came up a lot. The most surprising takeaway for me how little it seemed to be driven by economic concerns, and how much it was driven by fears about "losing our culture," "safety," "community," and a general Us-vs.-Them mentality.
"He will preserve our culture. Preservation of culture is considered good in most cases. What's wrong with preserving the good parts of American culture?"
"He's not Hillary Clinton."
"I'm Mexican. I support the wall. The people who have stayed have destroyed Mexico, and now they want to get out and cause damage here. We need to protect our borders, but now any policy is like that is called racist. Trump was the first person willing to say that out loud."
"I am socially very liberal. I am fiscally very conservative. I don't feel I have a party — never have. I grew up in a more socially conservative time and picked the "lesser of two evils" during elections. Now, the more socially liberal side supports bigger governments, more aid and support, and that money has to come from somewhere. I see what's deducted from my check each week. I'm OK with never being rich, but I'd like more security, and that doesn't come from more government spending."
"We need borders at every level of our society."
"I'm willing to postpone some further social justice progress, which doesn't really result in loss of life, in favor of less foreign policy involvement, the opposite of which does."
"Brown people are always the out-crowd. I think subconsciously, part of the reason I supported him was a way to be in the in-crowd for once." 

What don't you like about him?

"The way he talks about women is despicable."
"Everything about his style. We only voted for him because this election was too important to worry about style."
"I don't like most things about him. The way it worked is we got to choose one of two terrible options."
"I think our nation needs Trumpism to survive long-term, and to me, that supersedes almost every other reservation I have. My issue is with Trump himself — I think he's the wrong vessel for his movement, but he's all we've got, so I'm behind him."
"I think the rollout of the immigration executive order is emblematic of a clusterf---, to be completely frank."
"I now believe the Muslim ban actually makes us less safe."
"Isolationism and protectionism at this point is insane. We've done that before."
"I, too, worry about the dishonesty. His relationship with Russia, his relationship with women. His relationship with questionable financial matters. These all worry me, and were they to continue, I would lose all respect."
"He continually plays into a character that he has created to rile his fan base. Accepting anti-Semitism, white nationalism, or hate emanating unnecessarily creates a vacuum of fear on social media, on television, and around the dinner table. Even though the policies may be similar to that of any recent Republican president, the behavior to act so immaturely sets a bad example for children and undercuts many cultural norms, which more than anything causes disruption to our sociological foundations."
"I hate that he discredits the press all the time. That seems to forebode great evil." 

What are you nervous about with Trump as president?

"The thing I'm most worried about is war and that he could destroy the whole world. I think I may have underestimated that risk because he is more of an alpha strongman that I realized when I voted for him. Otherwise, I still like him." Note: Most people weren't that worried about war. More frequent comments were along these lines:
"I know he's taking strong positions on certain foreign issues, but I feel in negotiations you need to do things to move the needle, and when a whole country is watching, it's hard to keep a poker face, but at least his business track record overall gives us reason to believe ultimately stability will prevail."
And:
"He's crazy, but it's a tactic to get other nations not to mess with us."
"I worry he will drive us apart as a nation. I believed him when he said that would stop with the campaign, but I haven't seen signs of it so far."
"I am nervous that his mental health is actually bad."
"I worry he is actually going to roll back social change we've fought so hard for. But I hope not."

What do you think about the left's response so far?

"You need to give us an opportunity to admit we may have been wrong without saying we're bad people. I am already thinking I made a mistake, but I feel ostracized from my community."
"The left is more intolerant than the right." Note: This concept came up a lot, with real animosity in otherwise pleasant conversations.
"Stop calling us racists. Stop calling us idiots. We aren't. Listen to us when we try to tell you why we aren't. Oh, and stop making fun of us."
"I'd love to see one-tenth of the outrage about the state of our lives out here that you have for Muslims from another country. You have no idea what our lives are like."
"I'm so tired of hearing about white privilege. I'm white but way less privileged than a black person from your world. I have no hope my life will ever get any better."
"I am tired of feeling silenced and demonized. We have mostly the same goals and different opinions about how to get there. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe you're wrong. But enough with calling all of us the devil for wanting to try Trump. I hate Hillary and think she wants to destroy the country of us, but I don't demonize her supporters."
"I'm angry that they're so outraged now but were never outraged over an existing terrible system."  
"The attacks against Trump have taught me something about myself. I have defended him and said things I really didn't believe or support because I was put in a defensive position. Protesters may have pushed many people in this direction, BUT it is ultimately our responsibility and must stop."
"I'd like to also add that the demonization of Trump by calling him and his supporters Nazis, KKK, white supremacists, fascists, etc., works very well in entrenching Trump supporters on his side. These attacks are counter-factual, and, in my opinion, very helpful to Trump."
"So far, his election has driven our nation apart. So far, I see most of the divisiveness coming from the left. Shame on them. I don't see it quite as bad as during Nixon's era, but we are truly headed in that direction. I could not speak with my parents during that time because political division would intrude. This Thanksgiving and holiday season were as close as I've felt to that in 40 years. We are increasingly polarized. It doesn't seem to be strictly generational, though that exists. There is an East Coast-West Coast, rural vs. urban, racial, and gender division forming now. It has the potential to be devastating."
"The amount of violent attacks and economic attacks perpetrated by the left are troublesome. My wife and I recently moved to the Bay Area. I was expecting a place which was a welcoming meritocracy of ideas. Instead, I found a place where everyone constantly watches everyone else for any thoughtcrime."
"Silicon Valley is incredibly unwelcoming to alternative points of view. Your curiosity, if it is sincere, is the very rare exception to the rule."
"There is something hypocritical about the left saying they are uniters, not dividers, they are inclusive, and then excluding half the population with comments on intelligence and irrelevance in the modern world." 

What would convince you not to vote for him again?

"War would be unforgivable."
"If the Russia thing were true, I'd turn against him. Why don't y'all focus on that instead of his tweets?"
"Give us a better option, and we'll be happy. But it needs to be a moderate — Sanders won't win."
"I'll happily vote for someone else. There's a lot I hate about Trump. But our lives are basically destroyed, and he was the first person to talk about fixing that."
"Generally hard to say. Extreme corruption would do it."
Second person in the same conversation: "I don't care if he's corrupt. Y'all voted for Hillary, and she was the most corrupt candidate of all time."
"Another worry is an escalation of overreaches between him and the left that culminates in the breakdown of our system of law. I'd hold him responsible for that."
"If he were to get the US involved in a major military conflict. (I think the odds of this have actually decreased versus Hillary, but I'm willing to be proven wrong). If he were to substantially increase the cost of doing business (by increasing regulation or taxes, for instance)."
"I'm socially very liberal. If he were to do something like restart a war on drugs, try to restrict rights of LGBT, or make first-trimester abortions difficult or dangerous, I'd rethink my position. I think these type of things are extremely unlikely, though, especially with an election a few years away, the country as a whole becoming more socially liberal."
"I think if 2008 happened again (further into Trump's tenure, so that causation can be shown, hypothetically), the base would evaporate."
"Based on Trump's history before politics I don't believe he is racist, sexist, homophobic, or bigoted. If that were true, it would supersede everything else, since it would be even worse for individual liberty and freedom than any freedom-of-speech restrictions or increases in government size proposed by the Democratic Party."